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UN envoy urges warring sides of Yemen to renew ceasefire

The UN special envoy has urged Yemen’s warring sides to renew their two-month ceasefire, praising its “tangible benefits” as the deadline draws near next week.

Swedish diplomat Hans Grundberg said the first nationwide ceasefire since 2016 provided an opportunity to break the cycle of violence that has left hundreds of thousands dead and millions on the brink of famine.

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“We have seen what tangible benefits the ceasefire has so far brought to the daily life of Yemenis,” Grundberg said in a statement late Wednesday.

“The parties need to renew the ceasefire to extend and consolidate these benefits to the people of Yemen, who have endured more than seven years of war.”

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He was speaking in Jordan’s capital Amman as talks between Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels and the internationally recognized government over an end to the blockade of Yemen’s third-largest city Taiz, which have been largely underway since 2015. is cut.

The meetings were part of a ceasefire agreement that included the resumption of commercial flights from Yemen’s rebel capital Sanaa and oil shipments to the lifeline port of Hodeidah, which is also under Houthi control.

The Iran-backed Houthis seized Sanaa in 2014, starting an intervention by the Arab coalition in 2015. According to the United Nations, the war has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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More than 1,000 passengers have flown between Sanaa and Amman, and preparations are underway to start flights to Cairo, as part of the ceasefire that expires on June 2.

The statement said fighting had “rapidly subsided” despite reports of continued clashes and civilian casualties. Grundberg urged both sides to exercise “maximum restraint”.

“The ceasefire has provided an opportunity to break past violence and suffering and move towards a peaceful future in Yemen. Parties need to capitalize on this opportunity,” he said.

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